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Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks [DVD] [1972]

Jon Pertwee , Katy Manning , Paul Bernard    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney
  • Directors: Paul Bernard
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VRO89C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,908 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

On Earth in the 22nd century, Daleks have enslaved the planet and humans live in fear of their masters. Meanwhile, back in the 20th century, a peace conference is urgently needed to prevent World War Three. When reports reach UNIT of a ghost at Auderly House--the site for the conference--the Doctor and Jo decide to investigate. Danger is waiting for them there, including a trip 200 years into the future without the Tardis.

Special Features:

Disc One:
  • Day of the Daleks Original four-part TV version
  • Commentary by actors Anna Barry and Jimmy Winston, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and vision mixer Mike Catherwood
  • Blasting the Past Cast and crew look back on the making of this story
  • A View from the Gallery
  • Nationwide
  • Blue Peter
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Subtitles
  • Radio Times Billings
  • DVD-Rom Only:
  • Coming Soon
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
Disc Two:
  • Day of the Daleks: Special Edition. A new version with specially shot sequences, brand-new effects and new Dalek voices, exclusive to this DVD
  • The Making of Day of the Daleks: Special Edition
  • The UNIT Family--Part Two
  • Now and then
  • The UNIT Dating Conundrum
  • The Cheating Memory
  • Teaser trailer
This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 1st – 22nd January 1972

Product Description

DISC 1: Contains episodes one to four Audio Commentaries with actors Anna Barry & Jim Winston, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and vision mixer Mike Catherwood Blasting the past A view from the gallery Nationwide featurette Blue Peter featurette Photo Gallery Coming soon trailer DISC 2: Contains episodes one to four special edition The making of The Day of the Daleks - Special edition Now and Then - Day of the Daleks The Unit Family - Part two The Unit Dating Conundrum The Cheating Memory Teaser Trailer

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Ive been waiting years for this! 23 Nov 2011
I have always loved this story and it has been one of my favourites of all time. The only problem with it (even when I saw it as a child) was not enough daleks.

An epic invasion looks a bit rough with only 3 daleks available, no matter how many camera angles you use! I was a bit worried that adding new sfx to the story would look out of place and be glaringly obvious.

Happily though, the special edition was obviously put together by someone after my own heart. The new CGI (and a few new short live action scenes)blend in really well with the original footage and keeps to the same style. It is not too OTT, but does give a better sense of scale. The quality of the transfer is good, so it looks good even on a big telly.

So there are more daleks, more Ogrons and better lasers. This really appealed to my inner 10 year old!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Terminator - Doctor Who style 12 July 2012
After an absence of five years and twenty four serials, the iconic Doctor Who monsters known as `The Daleks' returned to the show that made them famous, after a failed attempt by creator Terry Nation to spin them off into their own series. With their return came their first appearance in colour, outside of the two Doctor Who cinema releases (starring Peter Cushing). Originally planned to appear later in the Doctor's ninth season, the producers altered an existing script to include the Daleks earlier and act as a draw to the beginning of the new season.

This four-part serial focuses on Sir Reginald Styles, a British diplomat, who is preparing a peace conference with diplomats from other countries to prevent a third World War. A few nights before his conference, an assassination attempt occurs but the assassin fades into nothingness before landing the fatal blow. The strange events inevitably draw the Doctor to the diplomat's country house to investigate, unknowingly heading towards a conflict with his old enemies, The Daleks.

The plot to this serial is very reminiscent of Terminator, and actually predates it by twelve years, with the use of soldiers attempting to travel back in time to prevent a future where the human race is ruled by tyrannical machines. There is some very interesting discussion over whether or not it is possible to change the future, or if by going back to change the past, you are in fact causing the very future you seek to avoid.

One of the limitations of this serial is that the production team only had access to three Daleks - one Gold and two Black ones, so there is some editing and repeat shots to give the illusion that there is a whole army of Daleks, but it never quite succeeds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story and a Wonderful update to DVD 5 April 2012
Have to admit this has always been one my favorite Jon Pertwee stories, and is pretty much my into to the Daleks (although I do have vague memories of Patrick Troughton confronting the Dalek Emperor in Evil of the Daleks). What I like about it is the way it works on a few different levels - as a kid it was the Doctor and the Daleks, then coming back to again on VHS appreciating the fact that it works as a very good political drama and in some ways would have worked even if the Daleks weren't in it. This despite my video version from being in that period where the Beeb had the habit of editing the stories into 90 minute comps - before bowing to fan pressure and releasing (reissuing in this case) the stories in their original episodic form.
The thing that really enhances this is the upgrade on the Dalek voices - and if there's on thing Nick Briggs does well it's Dalek voices. One slight quibble is that the additional material is slightly out of synch with the original episode endings in a couple of places. But on the whole an excellent package that gives you the original version, and the new enhanced version. So 5 stars from this fan who's not disappointed in the least.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Day 9 Oct 2011
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5 stars alone must go to the new edition, I was a bit apprehensive before viewing but needn't have worried. Subtle CGI effects, new Dalek voices and cleverly inserted new action pieces make this well worth purchasing. My eldest son watched Episode 4 and didn't spot that there were new sequences (and he has watched the original). Makes me wish that other stories could get the same treatment.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dr Who 26 Mar 2012
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I think people just over think things these days when really it should be taken for what it is. A story from the 70's with Jon Pertwee and the Daleks. Personally growing up in the 70's nothing could be better and it's just great to see all the wonderful stories preserved for future generations to view and us older folks to reminisce.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Steve
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I really enjoyed this one. The best Dr Who DVD of this year. I remember watching this story when it was first shown in 1972(when i was 7),it was the first Dr Who i remember all of it & the reason i became a fan. When i received it, i watched the special edition on disc 2 first. It is brilliant. The new cgi effects are very good & i wasn't too bothered about the dalek voices on the original, but the new ones are much better. I also think the newly filmed bits are very good as well. I would highly recommend this one to even non Dr Who fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Sardonic but not cynical 24 Sep 2009
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Day of the Daleks is a Black sheep. For many reasons. Firstly, there arn't that many Daleks & they tend to just hang out in their control room until the end when I guess they thought "Oh well I suppose we'd better go & sort it out!" Peter Hawkins or beloved Roy Skelton have nothing to do with the voices of the Daleks & who ever replaced them, did a bad job! Bless them! How they split words like 'Ac-ter-vate-ing' into 4 parts is far too ambiguous!

But, believe me, there's plenty to make this one of Jon's Best!

The atmosphere of this production is as potent as Vodka. It's Rich, Deep & puts you in a wonderfully relaxed mood. The scenes outside are bright, sunny & well directed. And there's a fair bit of it. And what helps this great tone, is the Incidental music. It's knock out BBC Radiophonic stuff! With lots of phasing, stabs, chimes, & god knows what else that came from many sleepless nights of tweaking knobs on a Moog; it really is a joy to listen to. I miss it so much now.

The acting is veteran. No one stands out at all. They all got it. And for those of you who love Jon.. You're in for a treat! He really fires on all cylinders in this one! Theres light entertainment at the start with the gag of talking to his future self, to his great swarve act with his cheese tasting in Style's House, to having a bash at knocking an Ogron out, to the famous scene where he is disgusted at how the human race is enslaved by higher officials. And there's a great line from Jon - "Try & use your intelligence man even if you are a politician!" Classic stuff!

If you can put the Daleks to one side, you will enjoy this, & it will grow on you! I myself cannot wait for this to be released on DVD. I just hope they do the decent thing & Isolate the Incidental Music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Daleks Remastered
Doctor Who: Day Of The Daleks (Special Edition).
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Companion(s): Jo Grant
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ogrons!
This is a story which I remember from my childhood. I was terrified. Not of the Daleks, who seem to have lost a bit of their menance, but the Ogrons. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Chris Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars watch the redone version on the second disc!
Reading some reviews - about how bad this is, lack of daleks, silly dalek voices etc etc, I still decided to get this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. G. Hancox
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
As with all John Pertwee Dr Who DVD purchases you are getting something special. The stories and the atmosphere are fantastic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pete.
4.0 out of 5 stars Day of the Daleks
Not the best story ever, but the extended version brilliantly done. Congratulations to the people who did the extended version.
Published 3 months ago by Mr PJN Bowgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Pity The Henchman and the Support Characters
Another excellent restoration of an early Doctor Who story that really takes your breath away. Two dvd delight and I've yet to see the vanilla version of the story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Windmilltilter
5.0 out of 5 stars This Time, It IS Different
A truly special, Special Edition that finally presents the story as it deserves and maybe, how you always thought it was - it almost makes you believe in time travel ... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Number13
4.0 out of 5 stars dr is back
part two of the dalek attack,d-day again good for dr who fans and good to watch for me a memories sake of when I was a boy
Published 6 months ago by davidhattermann
5.0 out of 5 stars dr Who Day of the Daleks
I like this one despite its very non-pc characters from the Organs, Doctor and Jo, to the freedom fighters who come back in time and are grossly sexist. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Blade
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